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Woman Struck in Head by Discus Wins $350,000 in Settlement

Omaha Public Schools and the Nebraska State Activities Association settled a lawsuit with Bernice Gorecki for $350,000.  The 83 year-old sued after she was injured by a 3.5 pound discus thrown by a student-athlete during a 2014 state track meet.  Gorecki alleged that Omaha Public Schools and the Nebraska State Activities Association failed to keep spectators safe.  According to Gorecki’s attorney, David Mullin, Gorecki suffered “severe personal injuries, including a traumatic brain injury.”

Gorecki was standing in the visitor area of the track meet when the discus struck her in the head.  The lawsuit argued there was not a barrier between athletes and spectators, no verbal or physical warning that a discus had been thrown, and there was no safe area to watch the competition.

Since the incident, “Attention: Stay alert! Flying objects!” signs have been posted altering spectators as they enter the discus and shot put venues.  District spokeswoman Monique Farmer said additional signs have been posted that read, “Spectators entering the discus and shot put venues assume all risk of danger incidental to the event including but not limited to the danger of being injured by equipment as well as flying discuses and shot puts.”

August 4th, 2017 at 4:07 pm